Mike’s Walks

Les Houches

A gentle walk up from Les Houches on a sunny day

At the entrance of the Chamonix valley and only 4km from its famous town, you come across the pretty village of Les Houches right under the impressive Mont-Blanc. It is a typical French Alps mountain village with a lovely church and lots of old wooden Savoyard farmhouses around. There are a number of pleasant bars

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Winter Walking Advice

Everyone loves winter walking in the Derbyshire Dales at New Year, especially when there is snow underfoot

Summer is officially over, are you ready? If not, then carry on reading my blog. In this blog we’re going to talk about general tips and winter walking advice as well as essentials you should take when hill walking. Here at Pinnacle Walking Holidays we don’t do much Winter Walking with guests, but we offer

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Two Sad People Looking Forward to Next Season

Nearly at the Top; walking in the Italian Dolomites

Well our four wonderful Dolomite hiking breaks and the last two Peaks have come to an end and two very sad people are now back and missing the stunning views of the mountains. The Italian trekking breaks have been a great success and everyone was blown away by the Hotel Digon with its amazing food,

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An Autumn Walk in the Chatsworth Estate

Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District

We have now finished our walking breaks for 2018, so we can take a few days enjoying the area we live in and what it has to offer. This week we spent the day exploring the Chatsworth estate. The estate is so beautiful in the autumn and the deer are everywhere. Autumn colours are stunning at

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Albert Premier Refuge

Lunch break at the Albert Premier Refuge

This year we did Pinnacle’s first harder walking break, and it was a great success. We decided to do the Albert Premier Refuge walk and the views were wow. Below are the walk details, a must for strong walkers. Take the Télécabine from Le Tour to Chalet de Charamillon and continue on the connecting Télésiege

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Favourite Training Walks

Heading for the summit of Shutlingsloe

One of my favourite training walks for Pinnacle Walking Holidays is Shuttlingsloe, not too far from home. Wildlife Watch Our walk began from Ridgegate reservoir on the edge of the Macclesfield Forest. There is usually ample free parking here although the visitor centre just up the road has pay and display parking. Today the Forest

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Footwear for Walking

Cleaning Walking Boots need not be a chore; your choice of footwear for walking, especially winter walking

At Pinnacle Walking Holidays we see many types of footwear for walking worn by our guests. Some seem happy in approach shoes and others need the support of a good walking boot. Footwear plays such an important part in your enjoyment of the outdoors. Whether it’s an easy walking holiday in the Peak District through

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Tips for Getting Fit for a Walking Holiday

Prarion in Chamonix; time for a down jacket and great views of the French Alps

Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to get fit – and offers a great way to enjoy a holiday. If you are keen to book a Walking Holiday in 2018, then now is a great time to pledge to get a little fitter and enjoy more walking. Why is walking good

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Chamonix in Summer is Awesome

Encountering a sign post above Chamonix in Summer

It’s hard to believe that it is January 2018 already and, after a very busy festive season, we now have the time to prepare for Chamonix in Summer 2018. The Start of the Summer in Chamonix – June June is always a tricky time to undertake any of the high level walking routes in the

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Weekly Walk for Fitness and Navigation Training

Cold day on the Roaches. Weekly walk to test my navigation for a Pinnacle Walking Holiday

I always try to get out of the house and go on at least one weekly walk, usually with a couple of friends, Paul and Glenn. It’s a good way to keep up the fitness and helps with my navigation skills. I would not like to get any guests lost on our Pinnacle Walking Holidays.

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